I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig
Series: The Fire Sermon #2
on May 3, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Book Two in the critically acclaimed The Fire Sermon trilogy—The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined post-apocalyptic series by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.
Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort, Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: whenever one twin dies, so does the other.
Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.
The Map of Bones was, by far, the most anticipated book of the year for me! I had fallen in love with The Fire Sermon, and was still reeling after that ending. So, when I ripped open the sequel, I have to admit that I was a little deflated at first. Part of me was hoping that the momentum from the first book would have carried over to the second, but instead, it seemed to be starting from scratch. It does make sense; there’s the reintroduction of the characters, and some plot repetition to remind people of where we left off. It just made me more eager to get to all the good stuff!
I love where Cass is headed as a character, as she gains a whole new confidence in herself. She’s getting stronger, in every sense of the word. Her gift, her sometimes overwhelming visions of the future, begin to spiral out of hand, but she seems to be close to understanding and interpreting them. Aside from the characters crossing over through the series, there are some fantastic new ones being introduced. I absolutely LOVE them! This is also leading me into a bit of dread, since I know they can’t all possibly come through this uncertain future unscathed. The villainy, on the other hand, wasn’t quite as threatening as I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong; they’re still horrible people, doing horrible things. But I’m finding the acts themselves to be more terrifying than the actual characters. With Cass’ newfound confidence, Zach’s hold over her has loosened. He seems smaller now, less imposing. I wonder if he’s about to become more vicious, to compensate, or if he’ll change his mind and decide that maybe he isn’t quite as evil as he first thought.
The plot was definitely heavily weighted to the second half of the book, when the story arc swings wildly ahead.
The first half was intriguing, full of foreshadowing, and I’ll give it 3.5 stars. The end, however, was 5 stars all the way! It had my heart pounding! I had complete strangers asking me what I was reading because it looked so intense!
As a middle book, it held its own. It answered a lot of questions, but also offered so many more. The third book is going to be EPIC!